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Perdigon Nymphs – Why They Are So Effective

Perdigon nymphs have become very popular in recent years. Especially popular with the Euro nymphing community, these flashy nymphs will work in most trout streams and rivers.

These are jigged flies that are tied with brighter colors and UV resins. They don’t look like a regular nymph, or even like an actual insect. However, trout love these flies and will go out of their way to eat them. The bodies are usually tapered, and the UV resin gives them a hard coating. The tails are usually sparse, and made with Coq De Leon or Antron yarn. Slotted tungsten beads are usually used, which allows Perdigons to ride hook point up.

The fact is, Perdigons get down in the strike zone faster than any other fly. For this reason, they are one of the best nymphs available.

Whether you’re a Euro nympher or an indicator nympher, having some Perdigons in your fly box is always a good idea. These new age flies really are productive, and you can have some very good days on the water with them. They just might become your new favorite fly.

Perdigons Have A Fast Sink Rate

Since Perdigons are a jigged fly with a tungsten bead, they sink super fast. This gets them down to where the trout actually are. This means that for a majority of your drift, the Perdigons are down in the strike zone. This allows for more bites, and allows them to sink better than traditional nymphs.

This is especially helpful when fishing fast water. When you’re nymphing through a fast riffle, it can be hard to get your flies down deep. This often means adding a bunch of split shot and deepening your rig. With Perdigons, you can fish less split shot – because the flies themselves are quite heavy. One Perdigon fly is often heavier than a single split shot.

Perdigons Are The Ultimate Attractor

Perdigons are really simple in design. Although their coloring can look like certain insects, they are very simple and sparsely tied. Trout aren’t sure exactly what they are, so they often bite them out of instinct. This is why bright colored Perdigons can work so well – they get the trouts attention. This is especially true when you’re fishing dirty or off-colored water.

Although it seems odd, some of the brightest colored Perdigons work so well. Fire orange, red, pink, etc. – no insects are really colored this way. However, trout go crazy for them. This really proves that as fly fishers, we don’t always have to “match the hatch”. We can fish bright flies and still catch plenty of fish. This is why Perdigons are the ultimate attractor nymphs.

Perdigons Have Flash and Color

When tying Perdigon flies, your options are endless. You can use any combination of thread colors and tinsel colors. For the tails, Coq De Leon is often used – these are very durable spade hackles from high grade roosters. However, you can also use different colored Antron yarn, and other materials of your choice. For this reason, there are always new Perdigons being invented. As fly tyers, we will never run out of color variations. You may find that a specific color combo works very well in your local waters.

Not Just For Euro Nymphing

Although Euro nymphers love these flies, you can also fish Perdigons under an indicator and catch plenty of fish. Euro nymphers like them because they sink really fast, which helps with “tight lining” and feeling bites. However, I like to fish them under an indicator, because i’m not a big Euro Nympher.

I will fish Perdigons year round. During the summer, I will hang them under a Chubby or a Hopper. During the winter and shoulder seasons, I will put them under an indicator.

You’ll Lose Less Of Them

Since Perdigons are tied on jig hooks, that means that they ride hook point up. This means that they’ll snag the bottom a lot less often. You can drift them through rock gardens and other debris, without having to worry about losing them. Since flies are relatively expensive, it really sucks to lose them on the bottom of the river . Perdigons prevent this from happening as much, so you can hang on to your flies.

This also means that you can fish them deeper than other nymphs. You can get really close to the bottom and even “tick” the bottom with these flies. Sure, you’ll get snagged sometimes – but not nearly as much as standard nymphs.


Perdigons are a category of nymphs with endless variations. If you like fly fishing for trout, I highly recommend having at least a small selection of them. They are extremely effective and will definitely increase your catch rate.

For fly tyers, Perdigons are a very easy tie compared to other patterns. Pick up some jig hooks, slotted tungsten beads, and tie some up.